Eleanor Parkman Heath


December 03, 1912
- December 26, 2008

MILO - Eleanor Parkman Heath, 96, wife of the late Chester E. Heath, died Dec. 26, 2008, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. I was born in Palmyra, Dec. 3, 1912, the first child of C. Earl Parkman and Elizabeth (Thompson) Parkman. I attended Marsh Grammar School, Palmyra and graduated from Higgins Classical Institute, Charleston. I went to Gorham State Teachers School, Farmington and took courses from the University of Maine, trying to earn my degree. I taught school for 30 years, beginning in a one-room school at Boyd Lake. I belonged to Aldworth Chapter No. 39 Order of the Eastern Star, past matron to Frances Dighton William Daughters of the American Revolution and the Maine Mayflower Society. I was proud of the volunteer work I have done through the years. I have made nearly 200 quilts for the Linus Chapter. I made things for the Maine Veterans' Home, Bangor. I had knitted hats for cancer patients and for preemie babies. I made hats and mittens for the Kiwanis Christmas boxes. My first husband was R. Elmo Henderson. Two years after he was killed in a plane crash I married Chester E. Heath. I was predeceased by three siblings, E. Keith Parkman, Erla F. Miller and Polly P. Merrill. I am survived by a brother, Wesley E. Parkman and his wife, Shirley, of Dover-Foxcroft; two sisters, Blanche Degerstrom of Houston and Regina Ernest of Greenbank, Wash. I am survived by two sons, Ralph E. Henderson of Orneville and Charles Hender-son and his wife, Joan, of Strong; four daughters, Elizabeth Martin and her husband, Roy, of Glenburn, Lorraine Hen-derson of Kenduskeag, Sylvia Webb and her husband, Raymond, of King George, Va., and Sheryl Drinkwater and her husband, John, of Orneville; two stepdaughters, Betty Cle-ment of Bangor and Mary Halpin and her husband, George, of Keene, N.H.; 26 grandchidren and stepgrandchildren; and too many great-grandchildren to count, plus several great-great-grands. There will be no services at this time. Spring burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery with her parents and brother, Keith.


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